Earth Care Fellowship

The LPPC Earth Care Fellowship was formed in 1998 when the church Session developed our "Earth Covenant, A Congregational Covenant for Earth Community" document. This document was developed and approved by Session to publicly declare our intention to assume responsibility for the care of our Earth Community and Mother Earth.


The Earth Care Fellowship regularly meets to organize our Earth Care activities including the four Solstice/Equinox/Vesper celebrations, care of the Community Jubilee Garden, and highway cleanup days.

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Solstice & Equinox Celebrations

LPPC holds solstice and equinox celebrations or “Earth Vespers” services at the change of each season. These vesper celebrations are a regular joint offering of the Earth Care Fellowship of LPPC and the Partnership for Earth Spirituality of Albuquerque.

The Earth Care Fellowship greatly values the opportunity to sponsor our Spring and Autumn Equinox services and our Winter and Summer Solstice services, held consistently since 1998. Here are some descriptions of past celebrations:

  • The Spring Equinox occurs on or about March 21. We have celebrated with Celtic harp, bodrun, and liturgy.
  • The Summer Solstice, when the longest day and shortest night of the year occur, is on or about June 21. This might feature an early morning hike in the beautiful Sandia Mountains.
  • The Autumn Equinox occurs on or about September 21. We typically hold the service in the evening giving thanks for the abundant harvest we have each year.
  • Our Winter Solstice celebration is held on or around December 21. It has become a popular community tradition, with candlelight poetry readings by the light of a single candle.
  • See recent Winter Solstice Poetry Reading event

Presbytery Earth Care Fall 2021 Programs

Greetings!  The Presbytery’s Earth Care Team is pleased to announce three Zoom programs for this coming fall that highlight the challenges we face and the opportunities we have to take better care of our Earth. 

The first Zoom program will be Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. The focus is personal actions each of us can take. You will need to register in order to receive the Zoom link. Here is a Zoom registration link for September 22nd: 

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucOutqDItEtcMIbRASWeojO3fMmPEfAdW

The Presbytery’s Earth Care Team has become very concerned about the signs of a crumbling world environment. We see average global temperatures rising, extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts, floods, heat waves, forest fires increasing, and water availability decreasing in many areas. These are frightening and the recent U.N. report on climate change leaves no room for doubt that the human race has and is making a major contribution to these effects on our globe.

 To make members of our Presbytery aware of all of this and how lifestyles can change to minimize our impacts, the Earth Care Team has planned three special Zoom programs for this coming fall. Each program will include time for question/comment with the presenter. And we hope you’ll note the dates on your calendars now.

 

First:  On Wednesday, September 22, at 7:00pm Marlin Johnson, retired from the US Forest Service, will focus on the actions we each can take as individuals to reduce carbon emissions as well as minimize our individual impacts on God’s creation in other ways. What may seem modest contributions, can have a much greater impact when taken together. 

In addition to his career background in caring to forests, Marlin is widely read on many subjects relating to environmental degradation of our planet. Examples include the U.N. report on climate change and many other topics such as the impacts of fertilizers on water quality, living with reduced water availability as climate changes and soil erosion, and related productivity losses. 

 

Second:  On Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00pm,  Rev. Martha Sadongei, Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma (my father’s tribe) and reared in the Tohono O’odham values (my mother’s tribe). Martha will speak on EarthCare concerns from a Native American perspective. Among the questions to be addressed: What were the lessons your culture taught you about caring for the earth?  What were the lessons the church taught you as you grew up? And…What are the lessons about earthcare you are teaching in your ministry today?

 

Third: On Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm: Our program will be led a member of the New Mexico Native American community and focus on the key EarthCare issues to the Native American community.  Details to follow.